Rare WWI Broadside Poster – 42nd Division Athletic Meet – Sgt. Duffy!


Photographs and letters from WWII are not considered “rare” by many collectors in today’s market.  I have roughly 1,000 WWI real photo postcards in my current collection, with and additional four albums of 200 or so photos each.  Small-run broadsides and posters are much more ephemeral and should be considered scarce.  Broadsides were meant to be posted for a few days, taken down and discarded.  In this instance, a doughboy in 42nd Rainbow Division took the time to save one of the broadside posters from a wall somewhere in France.  The event apparently was some sort of sports exhibition; not an uncommon event in the post-armistice Europe.

Of special attention to WWI buffs out there – check out the presiding chaplain!  None other than Father Duffy of the Fighting 69th!  A famous WWI movie centers around Duffy and his heroics during WWI.  Check it out here.

James Cagney in The Fighting 69th

42nd Division Broadside

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